What Library 2.0 has taught libraries in Taiwan about e-learning

Publication Date02 Nov 2015
AuthorTien-Chi Huang
SubjectInformation & knowledge management,Information & communications technology,Internet
What Library 2.0 has taught
libraries in Taiwan about
Tien-Chi Huang
Department of Information Management,
National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taichung,
Taiwan, R.O.C.
Purpose – This paper aims to review the four elements of Library 2.0, which represents a major
innovation, and adopts several pedagogical concepts to investigate other innovations libraries in
Taiwan could implement to become ideal libraries.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper presents an overview of the essential principles of
Library 2.0 and examines the current state of libraries in Taiwan. The authors then present a reciprocal
feedback model of Library 2.0.
Findings – A Library 2.0model and a concept map of the mutualism between e-learning education
and Library 2.0were proposed to diminish the gap between the status quo and Library 2.0. Two
recommendations are provided: to develop a library learning platform to maximize the education value
of the library, and to regard library development as part of the overall community’s development. Users
can access library resources anytime/anywhere by visiting the library learning platform without
visiting the library. Allowing an individual approach is necessary to realize the social educational value
of the library. Moreover, a Library 2.0 library engages more in community development and invites
participation with participation in community rst. Universities in the community would be good
technology partners when developing a Library 2.0 library.
Originality/value – Although there has been extensive research of library development in view of
Library 2.0, such a topic has never been explored with an educational perspective, especially an
e-learning perspective. Given that the denition of Library 2.0 is abstract and fairly broad, the authors
take the view of an e-learning platform to make Library 2.0 more gurative. Moreover, through
interdisciplinary exploration, concrete suggestions regarding library development are provided to
librarians, especially those with similar conditions as those in Taiwan.
Keywords Taiwan, E-learning, Library 2.0
Paper type Case study
Since the development of the Internet and its subsequent widespread use, the
boundaries of traditional libraries have broken down. Traditional libraries played the
The authors are grateful for the support of the National Scientic Council (NSC) of the Republic of
China (ROC) under Grant No. NSC 100-2511-S-025-002-MY2 and NSC 102-2511-S-025-003, and the
Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of China (ROC) under Grant No. MOST
Conict of interest: the author declares that there is no conict of interest regarding the
publication of this paper.
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What Library
2.0 has taught
Received 20 April 2014
Revised 11 July 2014
14 September 2014
Accepted 27 October 2014
TheElectronic Library
Vol.33 No. 6, 2015
©Emerald Group Publishing Limited
DOI 10.1108/EL-04-2014-0070

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